Repurposed Plastic Toy Animals

west elm rocking bird knock off

If you have childhood toys sitting in boxes and have wondered what in the world you will ever do with them, Meream from Bored and Crafty has an entire series dedicated to creative repurposes for childhood toys. One upcycle involves turning them into fun and quirky rocking animals perfect for gathering on shelves or even using as ornaments. Meream attached her plastic animals to embroidery hoops and then glammed them up with gold spray paint.

west elm rocking bird knock off

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Love Burlap Pillow

pb inspired love pillow

The pillow queen herself, Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict, is back with another pillow to add a little L-O-V-E to your home this Valentine’s. Debbie has done all the work for you and walks you through the steps to make your own pillow using iron-on transfer paper and adhesive. The typography is what really makes this pillow special, and Debbie did a great job finding a font that captures the look of her inspiration.

pb inspired love pillow

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Refinished Bed with Weathered Finish

diy restoration hardware finish

When it came time to convert her son’s nursery to a “big boy” room, Meesh from imeeshu opted for a queen bed so there’d be plenty of room for story time cuddles. She found a glossy white bed on Craigslist and used her own technique for recreating the beautiful weathered finish that’s signature of Restoration Hardware’s pieces. The look is perfect for a little boy’s room, and this whole space basically knocks my socks off. Amazing job, Meesh!

diy restoration hardware finish

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Burlap Matting

diy burlap matting and upcycled frame

Michelle from That Mommy Blog offers a super simple and thrifty update for tired out picture frames. She refabbed an old frame by recovering the matting with burlap using an easy technique that requires only a few snips of the scissors and squirts of hot glue. Since burlap is crazy cheap, you could easily pull off this makeover for next to nothing!

diy burlap matting and upcycled frame

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Decorative Wall Ledge

pottery barn inspired ledge

After building a small ledge for her bathroom, Laura from I’m Not A Trophy Wife knew she wanted a larger, chunkier version for above her bed and came up with some plans to build her own. This is a fabulous alternative to a mantel if you don’t have one and can even make a statement above a bed as a headboard. With the trim detail and distressed finish, it’s full of character and provides plenty of space for decorating.

pottery barn inspired ledge

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Round Rosette Pillow

anthro knock off rosette pillow

After getting some new bedding from Anthropologie, Camille at Sugar Baby Boutique was smitten with their round rosette pillow as soon as she laid eyes on it. However, as fabulous as it would look on her beloved new bedding, Camille says, “$78 for a small accent pillow wasn’t going to happen any time soon. Especially when I made my knock-off for F-R-E-E.” How sweet is that? This is one of the closet knockoffs I’ve seen in awhile!

anthro knock off rosette pillow

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Jute and Metal Lamp Base

jute and metal lamp inspired by pottery barn

Gail from Purple Hues and Me came across a couple of hand woven wicker lamps that really inspired her to update the somewhat “dowdy” ones she’s owned for years. Instead of woven wicker, Gail wrapped her lamp in jute twine and added bands of jute braiding and galvanized tape as accents. Gail did an awesome job combining materials and textures to achieve the look of her inspiration!

jute and metal lamp inspired by pottery barn

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Repurposed Chalkboard Jars

anthropologie inspired chalkboard jars

I love taking something that’s normally discarded and making it usable and lovable. That’s exactly what Kendra from The Good Life did with glass jars she had been saving. Kendra painted the jars with chalkboard paint and then added a pop of color to the lids. These little jars are cute and packed with storage potential!

anthropologie inspired chalkboard jars

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